Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Path

Where darkness is the darkest,
Where wilderness is the wildest,
Where forest is the densest,
Lone stands a calf in loss .

In the hope of finding its herd,
Wades through the mounting darkness,
Across the Uphill and down dale,
Forging a tortuous path.


Perchance, a dog spots the path,

Treads to where it leads,
Only to stop where it ends,
At the shattered bones of the calf.

Forges that path farther hill,
Hobbles through the curves and crooks,
Wrecked, Weary and wounded,
Crosses the forest intact.

A ram with his flock of sheep,
On seeing the path wide open,
Leads its flock across the hill,
Paving the pathway wide.

The man treads across the same path,
Turing right and left along,
Croucing down and burshing the obatscles,
Ever cursing the tedious path.

Though rational in blaming ways,
Never thought of an alternate way,
Turing right and left all day,
When straight in-line is the shortest.

The path passed through the years,
To a main street of a avenue;
To a highway of a town;
To a expressway of a city.

The traffic swallowed the path,
Fuming and fretting as always,
At the worst possible alignment,
Hopeless, man remained.

The forest laughed at the man,
Who blindly follows any path,
Never caring to reason himself,
To see if it suites him the best.


Note: Adopted from a parable I have read.

24 comments:

Cyberkitty said...

Nice poem !

Jeevan said...

Path's were different, we should chose which path is correct for us or we should create on our own.

Thoughtful post mate:)

iamvisheshur said...

reminds me of the road not taken by robert frost...
has this any significans to your life?

Prashant said...

This is beautiful friend :-)
Keep the good work going.

Enjoyyyyyyyy

Dawn....सेहर said...

WOW! what a poetry which contains a story in it! Thanks for sharing such a good stuff here
Cheers

priya said...

Shiva:

Reading it, I feel its a path to destruction in the end which can never be stopped.

The forest laughed at the man,
Who blindly follows any path,
Never caring to reason himself,
To see if it suites him the best.

- We follow with fear, anxiety and self itself. With no directions, he takes a chance to see if it leads to success.

Did I get ther right?

starry nights said...

That was beautiful. these lines are so true" The forest laughed at the man,
Who blindly follows any path,
Never caring to reason himself,
To see if it suites him the best.

Shiva said...

Cyberkitty - Thanks

Shiva said...

Thanks Jeevan . Like you said, everyone should learn to choose their own path

Shiva said...

Vishesh, that was a materpiece o0f Robert Frost. He was talking about the road less travelled while I was referring to the road meant for you. Obviously, it has significance to my life too..

Shiva said...

Prashant - Welcome and Thanks for your comment.

Shiva said...

Dawn - Thanks and glad that you enjoyed it.

Shiva said...

Priya,

It's about how blindly men follow the path already made by irrational beings, never asking themselves if that is indeed the best chioce. Just we are born into a society, we blindly follow a faith, a custom, a tradition, never understanding if it is suited for us. Just because, the a cousin becomes a doctor, we get pressurised to become a doctor, where our instinct is oriented toward becoming a painter. In every walk of life, by following others, we loose our induviduality leading a parasitic life.

Thanks for the comment.

Shiva said...

Thanks Starry. Those lines hold the crux of the whole parable/poem.

Jeeves said...

"The forest laughed at the man,
Who blindly follows any path,
Never caring to reason himself,
To see if it suites him the best."

This is beautiful. But do we all do it? Blindly follow paths written by someone else, probably which would not suit us.

Keshi said...

Shiva r ya some famous poet hiding under a blogger nic? Cos this is brilliant!

Keshi.

Shirsha said...

hey this ones really nice! V inspiring...
and i like the pic too!

KK said...

Nice one shiva... How true about man :)

mystic rose said...

nice! loved the messages in there.

Shiva said...

Jeeves, glad that you liked it. Consciously or unconsciously, we take the path of others, which may or may not suite us.

Shiva said...

I know Keshi has turned many guys into poets:). Me toooo!!!!!!

Shiva said...

Shirsha, glad that you got innnnspired:) Thank You

Shiva said...

KK - Thank You

Shiva said...

Mystic - Thanks. That's a beautiful parable from the Gospels of Ramakrishna